The Squire's Tales #3: The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf

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Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Gerald Morris
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Year: 2004
ISBN: 9780618196814
Pages: 224

Lynet is sixteen and her castle is under siege. Her sister has refused to marry the knight of the Redlands, so Lynet escapes, determined to seek help from King Arthur and his knights. She is aided by Robin, a mischievous fairy from the Seelie Court. She meets Roger, a gruff yet friendly dwarf, who leads her to Camelot, where she hides her family name for political reasons. Arthur refuses to send help, but a kitchen boy named Beaumains volunteers. Lynet, Roger, and Beaumains turn south and head for her home. Lynet becomes enamored with Beaumains, but he immediately falls in love with her sister, so she begins to fall out of love. At the end, both Beaumains, and Roger are proven to be more than they seem.

A big lesson in this story through multiple characters is that everyone is more than they appear to be. Lynet has fairy blood and becomes an enchantress. Both Roger and Beaumains, as well as Jean le Forestier, are all more than who they seem. This lesson teaches that there is more than just a person’s looks and occupation that make them who they are. This is also paralleled with Lynet’s sister, Lyonesse, who is incredibly beautiful on the outside, but a horrible person on the inside. The story line is a bit basic in that it is mostly traveling through wilderness, occasionally coming across knights for Beaumains to fight. Once they finally reach the castle however, the story picks up. Overall, the story is enjoyable and great for middle grade readers.

* Contains mild sexual content